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Old August 9th, 2005, 01:07 PM   #1
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Hey Gang,

After 20 years of using broadcast cameras I am used to Black and White crisp CRT viewfinders. The little LCD viewfinder just does not work for me so I fired up the machine shop.

I had an old Ikegami viewfinder with a D-sub 9 pin connector that I modded to accept video in and +12 volts from a NP-1 battery. I made a small bracket that allows me to attach it to the front 1/4", 20 fitting on the Sony camera. Sharp as a tack, works like a charm. This message board won't let me paste a picture, but it is pretty cool.

On another subject I tried the Anton Bauer Stasis and even with a full sized brick it was still front heavy. I have a Frezzi brace on order and will try that. I saw a neat rig made by Peter Lisand, but it appears to be discontinued.

Thanks,
George
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Old August 9th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #2
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Hi George,

Please send me your photos by email. I'll put 'em up.

Prefer to have large high-res, if okay by you.

Sounds like a great modification! Much appreciated,
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Old August 20th, 2005, 04:13 AM   #3
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Chris,

The viewfinder looks great, but I have a noisy artifacts. I think it is from the color spectrum being passed on to the viewfinder.
I am sourcing a notch filter that will take out the 3.58Mhz Chroma information. I will report back. Otherwise it beats the pants out of an LCD.

Thanks for your interest,
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:57 AM   #4
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